Creating a Future

Ruth 2, Edited Steitz

After returning to Judah with her mother in law, Naomi. Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “I am going to work…out in the fields so that I may glean among the ears of grain behind someone in whose eyes I might find favor.”
Naomi replied to her, “Go, my daughter.” So she went; and she gleaned in the field behind the harvesters. Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem. And said to his young man, who was overseeing the harvesters, “To whom does this young woman belong?”
The young man answered, “She’s a young Moabite woman, the one who returned with Naomi. She asked permission when she arrived and has been on her feet from the morning until now, and has sat down for only a moment.”
Boaz said to Ruth, “Stay here with my young women. I’ve ordered the men not to bother you. Whenever you are thirsty, go to the jugs and drink from what the young men have filled.” Then she bowed down, and replied to him, “How is it that I’ve found favor in your eyes, that you notice me? I’m an immigrant.”
Boaz responded to her, “Everything that you did for your mother-in-law has been reported fully to me: how you left behind your father, your mother, and the land of your birth, and came to a people you hadn’t known before. May the Lord reward you for your deed. May you receive a rich reward from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you’ve come to seek refuge.” So she gleaned in the field until evening. At the end of the day she went back to town to her mother-in-law who said to her, “Where did you glean today? Where did you work? May the one who noticed you be blessed.” She told her mother-in-law, “The name of the man with whom I worked today is Boaz.” Naomi replied to her daughter-in-law, ““The man is one of our close relatives; he’s one of our guardians.”
So Ruth stayed with Boaz’s young women, gleaning until the completion of the barley and wheat harvests. And she lived with her mother-in-law.